Stranded on the shores of the Wupper. The Piece with the Ship


© Alex Gouliaev
22.11.2020, 12:00–13:00
Conversation with Saar Magal, Barbara Kaufmann and Julie Anne Stanzak on the process of re-staging Pina Bausch’s “The Piece with the Ship” (2020)

The three episodes of the podcast – one with Barbara Kaufmann (in German) and two with Saar Magal and Julie Anne Stanzak (in English) – are part of the official podcast of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: LET’S TALK ABOUT DANCE. Tanztheater Calling, with Marc Wagenbach dancers, staff and guest artists of the Tanztheater on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

The Tanztheater Wuppertal has been undergoing a process of transformation in how it cultivates and engages with Pina Bausch’s choreographic legacy. Not only are we rethinking how we rehearse, cast and perform her pieces, but we are also re-evaluating how we work together and how we pass on roles and repertoire. Artistic Director Bettina Wagner-Bergelt was able to enlist the Israeli artist Saar Magal as an ‘outside eye’ for the restaging of The Piece with the Ship. Together with Barbara Kaufmann, Héléna Pikon and Julie Anne Stanzak as rehearsal directors, she will help to bring the piece back to the stage. Several other dancers from the original 1993 cast are directly passing on their roles to the new cast. Saar Magal is a choreographer and director with an unusual approach, whose productions explore the interstices between dance, opera, theatre and performance. She has developed projects for Batsheva Dance Company, the Bavarian State Opera (Hacking Wagner), and the Staatsoper unter den Linden in Berlin. In 2021 she will create works for the Schauspiel Frankfurt and the Burgtheater Vienna. Her international collaborations include works with the directors Krzysztof Warlikowski and Robert Woodruff. She also teaches dance and performance at several schools and academies in Israel and the USA, among them ART Institute for Advanced Theatre at Harvard University.


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